WA bushfire bumped up to emergency level

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said there was a possible threat to lives and homes.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said there was a possible threat to lives and homes.

LIVES and homes are again in danger from a fast-moving out-of-control bushfire near Eyre Highway in Western Australia’s southeast.

The alert had been at watch and act level but was bumped up to an emergency on Wednesday afternoon after the blaze breached containment lines in several places and began impacting the highway on both sides.

It means the road will not re-open on Thursday as previously hoped.

“Once the fire has been contained the situation for opening the Eyre Highway will be re-assessed,” the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said.

“Travellers from South Australia are strongly recommended to postpone your departure from your current location as there are very few facilities at the border and conditions are very hot.

“The Great Central Road is open through to the Northern Territory border.

“The road is closed from the border into the Northern Territory.”

The emergency warning is in place for Balladonia Roadhouse and homestead and south to Israelite Bay.

“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,” DFES warns.

The Coolgardie-Esperance Highway is open but restricted access permits are required.

St John Ambulance has set up a first aid post at Prinsep Street in Norseman.

A temporary evacuation centre at Esperance Civic Centre has closed.

The blaze started on December 20.

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